Announcing: 2017 Winter Full Spectrum Intensive Dec 11-15

Winter is upon us and we’re looking forward to hosting December’s Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive with AIR here at UnionDocs! Fifteen experienced producers have accepted AIR’s invitation to attend a week-long, advanced training in interdisciplinary, full spectrum storymaking. Attendees include journalists, podcasters, artists, musicians—even a honey-collector and a minister—but common to all is their talent for and love of making media. They will convene at here at UnionDocs in Brooklyn from December 11-15, 2017 for skillbuilding to advance in their work, with a wide range of workshops dedicated to sound design, interview techniques, podcasting, music, and more. Twice yearly, Full Spectrum attendees graduate with an expanded idea of what audio can be. They leave the intensive with concrete skills to take their already-thriving producer and multimedia careers to the next level.

Lead instructors Isaac Kestenbaum and Josie Holtzman of “Frontier of Change” from Localore: Finding America will teach new ways of storytelling alongside trailblazing instructors including Sean Cole (This American Life), Mona Chalabi (The Guardian US), Nadia Reiman (Latino USA), Jenna Weiss-Berman (Pineapple Street), and more.

The Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive, held in collaboration with UnionDocs Center for Documentary Arts, emerged from two of AIR’s experiments in public media—Makers Quest 2.0 and Localore—which placed the challenge of innovating in storymaking directly into the hands of creative producers.

AIR and UnionDocs are also excited to award a scholarship for the first time to one producer to attend Full Spectrum this December, in order to make the program more financially accessible.

Full Spectrum is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Questions? Contact Program Director Tran Vu at [email protected].

Cherie Diez is a senior visual journalist at the Tampa Bay Times specializing in documentary narrative projects while collaborating with writers on story structure and presentation for the newspaper’s print editions and website. She is currently producing both still photos and videos to go with projects and daily news coverage.

Vanessa Greco’s work has aired across North America on CBC Radio and Public Radio International. She’s told stories on CBC’s The Current, Day 6, Tapestry, and local shows across Canada. Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, and on CTV News Online.

John Last is a displaced Canadian dog-lover and beard enthusiast. He has worked on a variety of radio shows and podcasts, usually with some kind of academic focus. He freelances occasionally for local news outlets and national magazines, and has reported from Turkey, D.C., and Halifax, Nova Scotia—his real home.

Juleyka Lantigua-Williams has been a multimedia professional for 17 years. A former staff writer at The Atlantic, she was also an opinion columnist. She has turned her focus to creating high-quality audio and video productions using the tenets of journalism and inclusion as a central theme in her work.

Catherine (Cat) de Medici Jaffee is a National Geographic Young Explorer, a honey collector, and an audio producer focused on helping unheard voices tell untold stories. Hailing from Colorado, Cat has recently launched House of Pod, an audio co-working space and nascent production company.

Tanya Louise Workman is an interdisciplinary artist and journalist based between Toronto and Maine. She works with images, audio and text to unravel relationships between our interior and exterior selves. In 2015 she produced “What Happened to Your Face? Living with a Facial Difference” for the CBC’s The Doc Project.

Shara Morris is a public radio and podcast producer based in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared on NPR, APM, PRI, KCRW, KQED, KPCC, and more. She’s helped launch four podcasts from scratch including Panoply’s soon to be released Battle Scars, Girlboss Radio and Maximum Fun’s Webby-nominated Adam Ruins Everything.

Debra Jarvis is a writer, TED speaker and ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Her most recent book is It’s Not About the Hair: And Other Certainties of Life & Cancer. She has worked as a hospice and hospital chaplain and as a commentator for National Public Radio.

Wojciech Oleksiak started learning classical piano at the age of five, only to graduate from the drumming department at the Warsaw Jazz Institute 20 years later. He is a co-founder of Jazzpospolita (an internationally-acclaimed band), score composer for independent movies, and now the lead producer for Stories From The Eastern West.

Tracy Mumford is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She produced the podcast 74 Seconds.

Mark Pagán is an award-winning comedian, film and podcast producer, writer, and former b-boy. He currently produces and hosts Other Men Need Help, a podcast and live show about the emblems, habits, and struts in the male performance.

Jennifer Schmidt is a writer and editor on NPR’s award-winning podcast, Hidden Brain. She’s worked as an editor on All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Jennifer was formerly the senior news editor at WBUR and helped launch the midday news program Here and Now. She started her career at KPLU.

Molly Schwartz is a librarian, writer, and audio storyteller. She manages the media studio at the Metropolitan New York Library Council and produces a podcast called Library Bytegeist. She holds masters degrees in History and Library Science, which she uses to fuel her research-heavy audio stories.

Judy Silber earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology before going on to work as a print journalist. She made the switch to radio at KALW in 2009. There, she helped design and launch The Spiritual Edge, which got its start in 2014 with a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust.

Brittany Thomas is interested in how creative media can help young people connect to the people and places around them. She is the Station Manager at 94.9FM ZUMIX Radio, a community station powered by youth. Brittany led the station’s transition to low power broadcast in 2015.